Make Your Own Skinny Girl Margarita at Home

With today being National Margarita Day, you really only have two choices:

1) Head to your local drinking hole and pay $8ish bucks a pop on a questionable margarita


2) Make a delicious margarita at home with ingredients you likely have on hand.

(Note: there is no option for not drinking a margarita today. Period.)

Option #2 becomes all the more tempting when you can make the same margarita at home in a healthier way while listening to the Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana Pandora station, for example.

Enter: the Skinny Girl Margarita, made wildly popular by Bethenny Frankel, a Real Housewife from somewhere (or so they tell me). Basically the concept of a “skinny” marg is one that doesn’t have sugar, simple syrup, agave nectar, or any of that sweetness added.  However, Bethenny is now bottling hers and is selling it for probably the same price you would pay per drink ordering from a bar. All the more reason to make your own at home.

Here is my recipe for a Skinny Girl margarita:

  • 2 oz. tequila (I used Partida Blanco from the liquor cabinet)
  • 0.75 oz. Leopold’s American Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice

And because I am a sucker for Chambord, I also made this with 0.5 oz of Chambord, which I highly recommend.

Happy Margarita Day!

About Ginger Pelz

Ginger is a connoisseur of nothing, but a lover of everything tasty (by her standards, of course). She is perpetually logged into Facebook and Twitter from 9-5 (for work, promise!), and by night you can generally find her on Colfax or anywhere that offers a good time. She's a sucker for a good deal, jazzy eyeglasses and boys who drink pink champagne.

  • Mike @

    Is there any difference between a Skinny Margarita and a Coin-Style Margarita?

    • Kevin Burke

      Mike, You could reference this earlier post on classic Margaritas here: . A “coin” style Margarita is calling specifically for Cointreau Triple Sec to be used. It’s still surprising (appalling really) that a bar would use top-shelf, quality tequila and then ruin it with terrible triple sec.

      There’s not a difference between a Skinny Margarita or a Coin-style Margarita other than one of them has a harpy house-wife schlepping her shelf-stable version to lazy bums everywhere.

  • David G Tomlinson

    How fortunate that I stumble upon this today, the day before 2013’s National Margarita Day. I shall do my best to procure a local liqueur before the sun sets upon the morrow.